Tim McGraw pays tribute to his famous dad on what would have been his 73rd birthday Getty Images/Terry Wyatt
Getty Images/Terry Wyatt

Tim McGraw’s father, the late Philadelphia Phillies and New York Mets pitcher Tug McGraw, would have turned 73 this week. Tim remembered his dad with an Instagram post, and the picture leaves no doubt that that Tim is his father’s son. Just look around the eyes as Tug smiles in the shot, and you’ll see how much Tim favors his dad.

Fans commented on the similarities between the two of them saying, “You look a whole lot like your father,” and “You are his clone! So handsome!”

Though the family resemblance is undeniable, Tim didn’t know Tug was his father until he was 11 years old. According to a 1994 profile in “Country Weekly,” Tim’s mother Betty had a summer romance with Tug and Tim was the result. When Tim was 18, he started pursuing a relationship with his father.

Tim said, “I felt like I was a man now and I needed to face him and try to work things out. Plus, it just was the right time to pursue it, to ask some questions.”

Their father-son relationship eventually flourished as Tim married Faith Hill and they welcomed their three daughters. Tim was able to support his father as he battled and ultimately succumbed to a brain tumor in 2004. Tim recorded his signature hit, “Live Like You Were Dying,” as a tribute to Tug. You can see vintage footage of Tug pitching in that music video.

Tim remembers his father with the Tug McGraw Foundation, an organization working to support people facing brain tumors and brain-related trauma.

Hunter Kelly is a senior correspondent for Rare Country. Follow him on Twitter @Hunterkelly.
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